Song choices in I’d Do Anything – what musicals do they come from?

As I mentioned in my post on this week’s ‘I’d Do Anything’, this week marked the first individual performances of songs from musicals. Given it was the 3rd week of live shows, it’s about time too!

The BBC’s official website is handily keeping track of what songs are being performed each week (click here to see what I mean), but they’re not providing any information on the shows that the songs come from… so I thought I’d fill that gap and write a little more about the shows that they come from (as well as providing some links if you want to know more)…

So, here goes for this week’s live show. The songs we heard in individual performances came from the following musicals:

  • Jersey Boys (Oh What A Night)
  • Cabaret (Maybe This Time)
  • Dirty Dancing (The Time of my Life)
  • Babes In Arms (The Lady is a Tramp)
  • Mamma Mia (The Winner Takes It All)
  • A Little Night Music (Send in the Clowns)
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s (!) (Moon River)
  • Dream Girls (One Night Only)
  • Footloose (Let’s Here It For the Boy)
  • West Side Story (Somewhere)

The first thing you notice looking at this list is that there are 2 jukebox musicals (Jersey Boys and Mamma Mia), and 4 films (Dirty Dancing, Footloose, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Dream Girls). And even if ‘The Lady is a Tramp’ can be found in Babes in Arms, it’s famous from being a jazz standard, not from being in a musical!

So, despite being a night of songs from musicals, we only heard songs from 3 original musicals – Cabaret, A Little Night Music and West Side Storyat least these 3 are all well worth hearing more about! Read on if you’d like to find out more about about the shows…


  • Jersey Boys: A jukebox musical, based on the life of Franki Valli and the Four Seasons, this show has been massively successful on Broadway, and is generally considered to be a cut above the average jukebox show. It recently opened in London, with pretty good reviews (see my round-up here). You can also see the official website here, buy the CD from amazon here or check out the wikipedia entry here.


  • Cabaret: This is one of the all-time great musical, and one of my personal favourites too. Written by Kander & Ebb (whose other shows included Chicago and The Rink), it was made into a now-legendary film starring Liza Minelli. The music is fantastic with a number of major hits (Mein Herr, Cabaret, Money, Money, to name just 3). If you’d like to find out more about Kander & Ebb’s work, check out my post on their latest show, Curtains, here, or the rumoured new production of The Rink here. You can also see the official website here, buy the DVD of the original film here, buy the new cast recording CD from amazon here or check out the wikipedia entry here.


  • A Little Night Music was written by my all-time favrorite musical theatre composer, Stephen Sondheim. Actually, this is one of his shows that I don’t know particularly well, but it is rumoured to be coming to London later this year (for more on this rumour, click here). The most famous song in the show was the one performed this week on ‘I’d Do Anything’, ‘Send in the Clowns’ although there are plenty of other fantastic numbers. To find out more about Stephen Sondheim, I’d recommend checking out You can also see the wikipedia entry for ‘A Little Night Music’ here or buy the original Broadway cast recording from amazon here


I’ll write about the remaining shows later in the week, so do come back or subscribe to my RSS feed if you’re keen to find out about them too.

Have a great week.


5 Responses to “Song choices in I’d Do Anything – what musicals do they come from?”

  1. 1 Singing Librarian May 2, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Um, Dream Girls was a stage show about 25 years before it was a film…

    Interestingly (or not, depending on how nerdy you are about musicals), ‘Maybe This Time’ wasn’t written for Vabaret. It was written by Kander and Ebb, of course, but as a standalone song. It later got interpolated into the film version of Cabaret and has since snuck in to various stage productions as well.

    I get cross with these shows when they get people to perform in completely inappropriate styles for the role they’re supposed to be auditioning for. Maybe it’s a good thing haven’t managed to catch any episodes of this one!

  2. 2 Jon May 4, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Thanks for that Singing Librarian – I actually wasn’t aware of Dream Girls being a show first!

  3. 3 Singing Librarian May 5, 2008 at 10:38 am

    To be fair, I doubt it ever made it over to this side of the Atlantic, but it was pretty successful on Broadway. I only know of it because I’m such a nerd…

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